The last "book" I ordered was really a 3-ring binder that had a bunch of single-spaced pages that someone printed out from his garage printer. When the "book" arrived, pages had already fallen out. (Anyone who has ever used a 3-ring binder will understand what I mean.)
Is this some sort of sick trend?
I don't need glossy images or anything. But a 3-ring binder is hard to tote around to read, and the pages like to fall out from between the gaps that invariable form in the binder.
A book should be printed on quality paper (not the stuff you buy at Staples) and should have a binding. This is not about looks. It is about function and portability.
I also think it's misleading that people advertise their writings as "books." If the author would have said, "I had a high school student print this out on his ink-jet printer, so the pages will fall out and the images and font look like crap," fine. But calling a 3-ring binder with a bunch of crappy quality pages is a book is misleading.
I gotta send this thing back.
Was this an unusual occurrence? Or is this a trend?
To avoid acrimony, I am not going to name the author. But if a bunch of authors are doing this, a list might need to be made.
Again, if you like 3-ring binders, that's great. That's your choice. But consumers have a right to know whether the book they are dropping a C-Note on is actually a book.
Incidentally, Chad Waterbury's book is actually a book. And I've never gotten crappy quality stuff from T-Nation. So maybe this is just something individual authors are doing?